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Research Study Assistant
Research Data Analyst
Senior Program Administrator
Research Study Assistant

Research Study Assistant

Job Summary:
The Research Study Assistant performs biomedical and/or socialbehavioral research by administering tests and/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating and/or processing responses; gathering information; and/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. This role completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and all relevant current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy and procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH). This position performs research assistance around data collection and data management tasks across the RADAR Project, with a focus on monitoring network data integrity. This role assists in the development of study SOP’s and study manuals. The Research Study Assistant facilitates training in and communication of study protocols to interviewers. Performs data entry and data cleaning activities. This role assists in tasks related to research dissemination as necessary.

Program Description:  The IMPACT Program conducts research on LGBT Health and Development (see http://www.impactprogram.org). The program combines NIH and foundationfunded studies, and actively collaborates with communitybased organizations to conduct translational research in interventions targeted at preventing HIV/STI infections, health, and improving relationships in YMSM. The program is directed by Brian Mustanski, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine, and is operated in conjunction with the Center on Halsted.

Project Description:  RADAR, a new NIH/NIDAfunded study, will build a dynamic dyadicnetwork cohort of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) by hybridizing existing cohorts of YMSM and enrolling their romantic partners into the study. The goal of this project is to apply a ‘next generation’ multilevel model to understand the syndemic of health problems among a large cohort of YMSM (age 1629) and inform ‘high impact’ HIV prevention with this vulnerable population. Multiple longitudinal observations of biological, individual, dyadic, and network data will be collected and analyzed.

Specific Responsibilities:

Technical

  • Recruits study participants.
  • Reviews and obtains informed consent.
  • Schedules study visits with participants.
  • Conducts interviews.
  • Scores test results.
  • Collects survey data.
  • Reviews medical records.
  • Consults with nurses and physicians to determine pretreatment and eligibility requirements of protocol from completion to registration of participants.
  • Facilitates communication with key personnel and participants to maintain project study flow.

Administration

  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting and entering data; and/or preparing basic charts and graphs.
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
  • Completes portions of grant applications and/or documents associated with current local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws and research protocols.

Finance

  • May process reimbursements for travel expenses.
  • Monitors and distribute petty cash.
  • Processes invoices and/or purchase requisitions.
  • Coordinates fund distribution among multiple sponsors and clinical sites.

Supervision

  • May train other research staff to interview/test participants

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • Must complete NU’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants and must recertify every 3 years.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with network science research or data
  • Experience with LGBT health and HIV related behaviors.
  • Experience with racial and ethnic minority health issues.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Able to communicate effectively with a variety of team members including investigators, research coordinators, and other research assistants.
  • Able to create and provide detailed and concise reports to faculty/staff on progress of assigned duties.
  • Skills in database or statistical software (e.g., R, SAS, STATA or SPSS)

To apply for this position, please visit Northwestern University’s careers site, and search for job 26227. As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Research Data Analyst

Job Summary:
The Research Data Analyst provides expertise in data management, quality assurance, analysis and reporting.  This role establishes data accuracy and validity derived from a variety of systems. This position performs data analysis using statistical techniques. This role researches and analyzes information using multiple databases and creates reports of data and results. This individual assists in the preparation and delivery of decision support reports to both internal and external customers.

This position will be responsible for a wide variety of data management and analytic activities that support the ongoing functions of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (TC CFAR). The TC CFAR is a collaborative project among Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Center on Halsted, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services that supports high quality HIV research spanning multiple disciplines. Other community organizations may also become involved. This position is based out of the Department of Medical Social Sciences in Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine; however, the analyst will spend time working, as needed, at collaborating organizations. This specialist will work closely with collaborating institutions, investigators, study coordinators, database programmers and statisticians to implement appropriate data management strategies for a wide range of studies. In collaboration with partners, the analyst will contribute to developing/implementing security and confidentiality guidelines for data sharing agreements that will allow data sharing in accordance with HIPAA, state laws and institutional policies.

Please note: This position will primarily be located on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus; however, it will require some travel to and from collaborating institutions/organizations around the city.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop and monitor standard operating procedures to ensure high quality data.
  • Develop data specifications and data dictionaries.
  • Assist with design of data collection forms.
  • Conducts data quality assurance activities and generates reports.
  • Manage data associated with research participant registries.
  • Perform data extraction from electronic medical records systems.
  • Develop and implement procedures for improving the accessibility and usability of existing data from different, independent organizations.
  • Collaborates with investigators and other project members to ensure accuracy of data.
  • Perform data storage and de-identification procedures in accordance with institutional and national policies and ensure maintenance of confidentiality and privacy.
  • Generates reports to document status of datasets.
  • Compile data and generate reports in collaboration with statisticians or data analyst.
  • Establish and maintain analytical datasets.
  • Perform basic statistical analysis.

Strategic Planning

  • Partners with clients to define requirements based on business objectives.

Administration

  • Develop standardized templates, policies, and procedures for internal and external reporting.
  • Designs and prepares documentation for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Discuss findings with senior management.

Development

  • Develop queries and quality metrics.
  • Interprets results using a variety of techniques, ranging from simple data aggregation to more complex statistical analysis.
  • Manages complex databases.

Performance

  • Completes data cleaning and organizes data files for analysis.
  • Reviews data and identifies quality issues.
  • Presents findings in an appropriate manner.

Supervises

  • Provides work direction and/or supervises staff such as team members, subordinates, contractors, vendors, students, etc.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • 2 years data analysis/report writing or similar experience required.
  • Familiar with SAS programming language
  • Analytical experience in database design/data structure, decision making, judgment, problem solving, and troubleshooting.
  • Project experience in collaboration and teamwork, organizational skills, and planning

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Demonstrated proficiency in SAS, R, and/or SPSS for data management.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Demonstrated proficiency reading and writing data files in multiple formats.
  • Working knowledge of Windows operating systems.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and analytical skills.
  • Ability and willingness to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with management, co-workers and external collaborators

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a public health, statistics, or computer science-related field and 5 years of database experience or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired.
  • Demonstrated experience working with electronic medical records.
  • Experience in and enthusiasm for medical/biomedical research.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Proficiency in SAS for data management.
  • Expertise in writing and implementing SAS programs and macros.
  • Ability to write SQL code/queries.
  • Familiarity with source data systems (EMRs or other HIT systems used by participating sites).
  • Understanding of common ambulatory and/or hospital-based EMR data schemes.
  • Working knowledge of ICD-9/10, CPT and LOINC codes

To apply for this position, please visit Northwestern University’s careers site, and search for job 26168. As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Senior Program Administrator

Job Summary:
Oversees a major department/school-wide program or project & provides direction & thought leadership to develop strategic goals & objectives; defines associated metrics to measure results; & creates & obtains resources to ensure success.  Reviews, creates & nurtures internal & external alliances, collaborations and partnerships.

The program/project is summarized below:
The Third Coast Center for AIDS Research leverages complementary strengths of Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Public Health and community organizations across Chicago to enable a comprehensive infrastructure for multi-disciplinary, collaborative HIV research. This unique and catalytic integration of all topics and disciplines of HIV-related research will maximize positive impacts on public health.

Specific Responsibilities:

Administration  (20%)
1. Directs and leads development of program/project strategic plan.
2. Oversees & ensures that day-to-day operations are appropriately managed, efficient and effective.
3. Operationalizes goals & objectives; ensures that resources are created or obtained.
4. Manages customer service; creates associated practices & procedures & metrics to measure success.
5. Oversees data analysis & recommends & implements changes & improvement to better ensure attainment of mission.
6. Manages logistics requirements, including facilities, venue, scheduling, technology, instruction, catering, etc.
7. Oversees documentation of agreements between NU and partner institutions, ensuring that agreements are complete and reviewed by all necessary NU officials.
8. Participates in developing IT strategy to meet the mission & needs of program/project.
9. Ensures necessary hardware, software & network infrastructure technology services are appropriated from central or internal IT.

Strategic Planning  (15%)
1. Develops and implements a comprehensive, visionary program/project strategy designed to continually grow and improve programs and build internal/external engagement.
2. Provides guidance and support to staff in the creation of program/project components.

Budgets & Financial  (5%)
1. Ensures that the program/project meets associated revenue & expense goals.
2. Develops and implements ideas for improving business processes, and increasing program/project revenues and margins.
3. Plans & manages complex budget(s) which fund strategic mission including financial sustainability & enhancement models.
4. Plans & implements annual budget process.
5. Oversees all daily, monthly & annual financial activities including transactions, analysis, & reporting.
6. Approves funds reallocation within budget as necessary & appropriate.

Communication, Outreach & Recruitment  (5%)
1. Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders to increase program profile, reputation, visibility and support.
2. Creates plan to drive awareness of program/project in appropriate markets.
3. Partners with academia and organizations to continue to innovate & enhance program/project.
4. Actively obtains market intelligence by monitoring program/project peers/competitors and sharing information with appropriate groups.
5. Builds relationships with appropriate communities & organizations that will result in program/project enhancement.
6. Oversees marketing of new and current programs/projects.

Evaluation  (5%)
1. Oversees development & implementation of evaluation processes, quantitative & qualitative measurements that ensure that program/project benchmarks are successfully attained and communicated in a timely and efficient manner.
2. Manages evaluation processes; recommends & implements changes for enhancement; monitors effectiveness through follow-up evaluation studies.
3. Assesses programming and recommends changes that will innovate and invigorate program including cutting edge developments in the field and changes to better meet external partners’ needs in order to achieve goals.

Events  (10%)
1. Develops, plans & implements strategies, goals & approach for programs & events.
2. Oversees creation of events designed to implement program/project objectives.
3. Collaborates with internal/external partners to ensure that events are implemented and meet or exceed planned goals.

Faculty Support  (5%)
1. Oversees recruitment of faculty
2. Provides strategic recommendation for management of faculty appointments, credentialing & exit (retirement & termination) processes.
3. Reviews policies, recommends changes, implements new & ensures consistent interpretation.
4. Oversees all aspects of faculty administrative tasks (colloquium, seminar, travel, faculty COI survey, annual report, etc.) ensuring optimal faculty support.

Grants & Contracts  (5%)
1. Consults with & advises Principle Investigators (PI) in identifying & defining problems that can be resolved with scientific research that will help guide study design and methods to accomplish the scientific goals of the program/project.
2. Prepares results & co-authors scientific papers for presentation & publication & disseminates information via seminars, lectures, etc.
3. Creates data for use in grant submission.
4. Develops new proposals for research including obtaining financial support.
5. Writes technical reports detailing procedures, outcomes, and observations.

Program Development  (5%)
1. Determines goals, objectives, outcome measurements and metrics, financial feasibility, marketing strategies and collaboration opportunities with other internal and external organizations.
2. Oversees the ongoing development and refinement of the program’s/project’s current and future curriculum and course offerings in consultation with subject matter experts.
3. Recruits, hires, and directs instructors/faculty.
4. Provides leadership for planning, scheduling, delivering and maintaining program(s)/project(s) to sustain quality instruction in all educational activity.
5. Directs actions to consistently high quality standards across all partner programs, including admissions, teaching, grading, service levels, and facilities.

Regulatory Compliance  (5%)
1. Oversees development & implementation of processes & procedures for all safety, security & compliance programs.
2. Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state, local & NU laws, regulations, policies & procedures.
3. Oversees creation &/or implementation of associated training.
    
Supervision  (5%)
1. 1 Supervises 2 to 4 staff

Performs other duties as assigned  (5%)

Minimum Qualifications/Competencies:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • 5 years’ program/project administration or other relevant experience.
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Must demonstrate initiative and follow through.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance competing priorities.
  • Strong organizational skills / attention to detail.
  • Must be able to provide a high-level of customer service / support.

Preferred Qualifications/Competencies:

  • Advanced degree (post-bachelors), such as Master of Public Health.
  • Prior experience in HIV/AIDS research.
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS science and related cultural competency.

To apply for this position, please visit Northwestern University’s careers site, and search for job 25918. As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Research Study Assistant

The Research Study Assistant performs biomedical and/or social-behavioral research by administering tests and/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating and/or processing responses; gathering information; and/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. This role completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and all relevant current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy and procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

Please Note: Saturday and evening hours will be required. This position will be based off campus, at the Center on Halsted.

Specific Responsibilities:

Technical

  • Recruits study participants.
  • Reviews and obtains informed consent.
  • Schedules study visits with participants.
  • Conducts interviews.
  • Collects survey data.
  • Reviews medical records.
  • Facilitates communication with key personnel and participants to maintain project study flow.
  • Perform phlebotomy on study participants
  • Process and ship blood work

Administration

  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting and entering data; and/or preparing basic charts and graphs.
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
  • Completes portions of grant applications and/or documents associated with current local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws and research protocols.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • Must complete NU’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants and must re-certify every 3 years.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Venipuncture
  • Phlebotomy Certificate

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • HIV pre/posttest counseling and training

To apply for this position, please visit Northwestern University’s careers site, and search for job 25627. As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Training Opportunities

Our Training page contains information about the clinical psychology internship track in LGBT health with the IMPACT Program, as well Northwestern University’s Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program.


Internships

Please visit our Internships page for a full listing of film, web, writing/blogging, and research assistant internship opportunities.


IMPACT Program Diversity Statement: Northwestern University and IMPACT’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated.  Through its work, the IMPACT Program advances the health and wellbeing of LGBT individuals.  Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among IMPACT staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences.  We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.

 



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